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Mopa airport plans moves forward

Being the government to first propose the Mopa Airport; the Manohar Parrikar led BJP-MGP government is surging ahead in its plans to make the Mopa airport a reality.

The state government is likely to appoint a financial consultant for the upcoming Greenfield International Airport at Mopa within a fortnight. The consultant will be chosen from among five companies.

PPP cell director Anand Sherkane said that five companies applied to their tender notice issued. “We received applications from KPMG, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India Private Limited, PricewaterhouseCoopers, John Lang LaSalle and Ernst and Young,” said Sherkane.

He added that the consultant would provide a detailed plan on the financial mode, revenue generation, expenditure, actual cost of the airport and how many years the state should lease the airport to private players. “The government will finalize the appointment of the consultant within fortnight,” confirmed Sherkane.

The government has also called a meeting of the Mopa airport steering committee on April 23 to discuss and finalize the draft master plan for the Greenfield International Airport at Mopa.

The state government had appointed Amman and Whitney as the consultant for the Mopa airport.

The state government had taken possession of about 65% of land required for the construction of the airport. Of the proposed 74.99 lakh sq m intended to be acquired in six villages, the government has taken possession of 48.70 lakh sq m of land in four villages

Chief minister Manohar Parrikar said that the government is committed towards constructing the international airport at Mopa.

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